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VIBRANT VANCOUVER - 2004 IGOUGO MEETING

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A September 2004 trip to Vancouver by travelprone

Abbott House-19th century meets 21st Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Vibrant Vancouver beckoned for the 2004 IGOUGO meeting. I attended to pick up a most welcome, but unexpected award and meet friendly guides and staff I’d corresponded with and revisit after 28 years. Tall order to fill for an all too brief 3 nights, I’ll say. The upshot? Indelible memories!

VIBRANT VANCOUVER - 2004 IGOUGO MEETING

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Overview

Abbott House-19th century meets 21st Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Riding the ferry to Lonsdale Quay Market with the locals was an inexpensive way to enjoy the city’s natural bounty of sun and water.Chinese cultural heritage is on display at the beautiful Dr.Sun Yat- Sen Garden , a tranquil tribute to Old and New Worlds.For approximately per person nightly, we stayed at the Tropicana Suite Hotel , equidistant from the Landmark Hotel’s Cloud9 Bar & Lounge and the Pacific Palisades Hotel, both IGOUGO meeting spots, and located on Robson Street, downtown’s main drag.Friday night’s dinner at the Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant was a culinary and architectural highlight--exquisite food and service in an Art Deco Masterp...Read More

Tropicana Suites Robson

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Hotel | "Tropicana Suite Hotel"

Tropicana Suites Robson Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Ritz it’s not, but the price was cheap and location convenient for attending all IGOUGO functions. Robson Street is the heart of downtown Vancouver, right on the Airporter’s route for hotel stops and midway between the Landmark Hotel, where the opening night reception was held, and the Pacific Palisades Hotel, where the Awards banquet was held on Saturday night. The price was less than C$80 a nigh, and I roomed with guide Harry Potter (female), who booked 2 months in advance and sought a roomie via the message boards, so the tab for 3 nights was less than $120 apiece. I dislike traveling solo and also dislike being alone when I am in a destination city, even when I’ve been there before and hav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Tropicana Suites Robson
1361 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1C6
604-687-6631

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Attraction

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Right next to the Chinese Cultural Centre that many IGOUGOers toured Saturday morning, this authentic, full-sized Chinese garden named after the first President of China is an oasis in the midst of bustling Chinatown that, according to its helpful, free brochure, offers "refreshment for the heart." Harry Potter and I needed refreshment Friday morning; her flight had been delayed for 3 hours in Chicago due to mechanical problems, whereas my flight from San Diego had involved a 4-hour layover in L.A. The food on my first-class passage on Alaska Airlines was turkey pastrami on hard-as-rocks Kaiser roll and brown-edged coleslaw so unappetizing, my seatmate, a Vancouver businessman, took one bite and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2
(604) 662 3207

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops

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Attraction | "Lonsdale Quay Market"

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Getting there and back via the Seabus ferry was half the fun of visiting this bustling market that is a cornucopia of fresh seafood and produce, with an international food court, bakeries, candy shops, and, on its second level, boutiques featuring everything from art to zebras (stuffed toys). Shopping is NOT my favorite pastime, but I DO love ferries and skimming over sunny waters. We caught the ferry at the Waterfront Station at Canada Place and, for a modest charge (C$3 senior; C$4.50 adult), bought round-trip tickets from a machine. Within 5 or 10 minutes, we boarded for the 12-minute ride across the waters to the north shore, where most of the 1986 Expo exhibits and buildings had been located T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2005

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops
123 Carrie Cates Court
Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 3K7
(604) 985-6261

FOOD AND FRIENDS IN VANCOUVER

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Abbott House plaque- railroad magnate's home is  Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I LOVE to eat. Vancouver offers splendid opportunities for food lovers who are also travelers with a distinct preference for exploring multi-ethnic cuisine. Other guides have described the culinary highlight of the Imperial Chinese Seafood House dinner hosted by Tony Cheung, IGOUGO CEO, on Friday night of our get-together. This lovely, chandeliered restaurant is quietly elegant. The dinner involved a series of plates (dim sum) carefully served without alcohol diminishing the taste of that food. I don’t particularly like duck, but the duck here was superb, not done to a crisp at the edges the way I have encountered (and disliked). After 10 or so plates of cuisine conjured with loving care and beau...Read More